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I’m Ready For My Close-Up: SEC Puts The Focus On Moviemaker Over Hostile Takeover Maneuvers

In a story right out of the movies, complete with “poison pills” and “white squires,” the SEC announced on March 13, 2014 that motion picture company Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation settled charges that it failed to...more

California Jury Awards $6 Million in Sarbanes-Oxley Act Whistleblower Lawsuit

A California jury recently awarded Catherine Zulfer, a former accounting executive at Playboy Enterprises, $6 million after finding that Playboy violated the whistle-blower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX)...more

Business Litigation Report -- November 2013

In This Issue - Main Article: ..World Class: The International Proliferation of Class Actions Noted With Interest: ..Inequitable Conduct After Therasense: Calling a Knave a Knave Practice Area...more

The intersection of perk-based and securities-based crowdfunding, and defining the "issuer" under Proposed Reg CF -- financing for...

In the world of perk-based crowdfunding, film and entertainment projects have been some of the most successful projects. But perk-based financing has its limits even in this glamorously attractive industry. Today my fellow...more

NJ Joins the CrowdFunding Race

The race is on between the New Jersey Legislature and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Both are considering legislation to permit entrepreneurs to raise funds through equity crowdfunding. Crowdfunding, which...more

Update: Crackdown on Casino AML Deficiencies Continues as Caesars Entertainment Corp. becomes subject of FinCEN and DOJ...

On October 21, 2013, Caesars Entertainment Corp. (“Caesars”) announced in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that its subsidiary Desert Palace, Inc. (owner of Caesars Palace) was under investigation for...more

Do You Know What Day It Is? The Risks and Benefits of the Animal Spokesperson

Do You Know What Day It Is? The Risks and Benefits of the Animal Spokesperson by Dan Brecher on October 9, 2013 Does Grumpy Cat have more Twitter followers than your business? If so, maybe it’s time for an animal...more

Marvel Prevails in Copyright Termination Case: Famous artist Jack Kirby found to have created his comic drawings as a “work made...

In what can fairly be interpreted as a favorable decision for any business whose success depends upon copyrighted intellectual property, on August 8, 2013, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Marvel...more

Movie Production Loans Result In 27-Year Stay At The Greybar Hotel

In 2007, the Department of Corporations issued this Desist & Refrain Order against Mahmoud Karkehabadi and others for violations of the Corporate Securities Law of 1968. The Department also made a criminal referall to the...more

News Of The (Shareholder Derivative) World: Record-High $139 Million Settlement In News Corp. Phone Hacking Suit

Putting an end to shareholder derivative litigation arising from News Corp.’s phone-hacking scandal, the company’s directors agreed last week to a record-breaking $139 million cash settlement. According to the plaintiffs’...more

Sands’ Casinos Report of “Possible” FCPA Violations Will Draw Scrutiny to the Gaming Industry

On Friday, March 1, 2013, the parent company of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. (Sands), reported in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that the company may have violated the “books and records and internal...more

Gaming Alert – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Conditionally Supports Online Gambling – Boyd Gaming and Caesars Stocks Rally as...

On February 7, 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a conditional veto of a bill that would legalize online gambling in New Jersey, but indicated that he would approve the bill if a few changes were implemented,...more

Crowdfunding For Canadian Entertainment Projects

One of the inevitable challenges faced by independent entertainment entrepreneurs, such as film producers or videogame developers, is obtaining financing for the development, production and eventual delivery of their project....more

China 20/20 Legal and Regulatory Developments - January 2013

In This Issue: SAFE Issues Notice of State Administration of Foreign Exchange on Further Improving and Adjusting Foreign Exchange Policies Related to Direct Investment; SAFE Makes Revisions to Provisions on Foreign...more

ALL BETS OFF!

Due to "legal and regulatory pressure" Dublin-based Intrade will no longer accept bets from US customers and all existing US customers must exit their trades and close their accounts. Intrade operates a real-money based...more

Partner Lisa Buckley’s Article “Making It As A Band May Be Tough, But Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”

The Wrap November 15, 2012 Press Release and Publication In the on-line magazine The Wrap, Partner Lisa Buckley, a member of Pryor Cashman's Entertainment, Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups, discusses the legal...more

Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #19 - August 2012

We are pleased to present the nineteenth edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight news concerning the Apple patent infringement trial, the requirements for...more

May 31, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

Lessons For Investors From the Facebook IPO

Lessons For Investors From the Facebook IPO by Dan Brecher on May 28, 2012 Facebook highlights one of the most significant risks of pre-IPO investing—the value of the stock can go down as well as up. While Facebook’s...more

FCPA Industry Sweep Strikes Hollywood

In the past, we have reported on a number of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") developments and have furnished subscribers with a primer on the FCPA. The latest developments in this area relate to an investigation of the...more

May 8, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

How to Fund a Film Project

HOW TO FUND A FEATURE FILM I. Non-recourse loans from family and friends. This is usually the easiest money to find. II. One or two active partners with money. This is the partnership route, with you providing...more

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